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FORTitude Teen Mental Wellness Series

Grounded in evidence-led practices in Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, Mindful Self-Compassion and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), this six-week series helps teens:

  • Develop self-awareness

  • Gain a better understanding of their emotions

  • Implement personalized coping skills for managing life’s challenges

  • Foster connectedness among teen participants and the workshop facilitator

  • Be a part of a safe, trusting environment

Every workshop includes Interactive discussions, activities, games, and mindful moments.

Registration coming soon for:

Tuesdays at 6 PM, January 10 - February 14 at Crossroads​

Wednesdays at 6:30 PM, January 11 - February 15 at Fusion Academy

Workshop themes:​

Session 1: Creating Community

Session 2: Exploring Identity

Session 3: Finding Acceptance

Session 4: Defining Healthy Relationships

Session 5: Improving Communication 

Session 6: Learning To Thrive

Space is limited to ensure that each participant is given the opportunity to engage with the leaders and other participants in a meaningful, mindful way.  All workshops are interactive so registrants must attend ready to participate.

Workshops are for teens, ages 13 - 18. Middle school students younger than 13, please call (571) 207-8764 to discuss whether the workshop is a good fit.

Also available for teens, check out our

BRAND NEW FORTitude for Teens Support Groups and our monthly FORT

Workshop Facilitators

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Alex Williams, MSW

Alex Williams serves as the Director of Professional Relations with Embark Behavioral Health, an organization providing mental health services to adolescents and their families through a full continuum of mental health care. She works with therapeutic, educational, and community professionals to assist in resource connection, clinical assessments, and mental health education to ensure adolescents and families can thrive with the right resources. She has a passion for making sure everyone has access to the care they need, no matter what their situation. Outside of work, you can catch Alex whipping up recipes at home, exploring new cuisines, or escaping to the mountains to reconnect with nature.


Tori Klier

Tori Klier is a Loudoun County Public Schools teacher currently teaching 4th grade. She has been working with students for 13 years in a variety of settings including summer camps, classrooms, tutoring, and mentoring. Tori graduated from James Madison University as an undergrad in 2017 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies with a concentration in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Mathematics. She also earned an Honors Emphasis in Creativity and a minor in Special Education. In 2019, she earned her Masters in Elementary Education also from James Madison University while engaging in the Harrisonburg community as a tutor and mentor for Tanzanian refugee children. 

Tori has managed  her own anxiety and depression since high school using mindfulness and lifestyle practices. She hopes to be able to share her story with others to inspire them to take positive steps in their life. While teaching second grade, Tori has implemented a new social emotional learning curriculum in her classroom focusing on emotion management, mindfulness, problem solving and strategies for success.  While not teaching and working with students to live their best lives, Tori enjoys being active and staying outside as a runner and a hiker. Tori also loves spending time painting, reading, and playing with her dog, Juno.  


Heather LeMaster

Heather LeMaster is currently an Outpatient Therapist at a non profit that provides behavioral health services, therapeutic foster care, and a foster youth independent living program. Heather has her Master’s degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Mental Health Professional-Supervisee in Social Work, pursuing her Clinical License. She has experience working with children, teens, adults, and families in master’s social worker, therapist, and mentor roles. Heather is passionate about advocacy, research, education, and programs for mental health and trauma. 


Since middle school, Heather has been managing her own anxiety and depression and knows how hard it can be at times. She’s excited to facilitate workshops for teens to provide them a safe space to share, connect with other teens, and learn some skills to help them cope with the many stressors of life. When Heather isn’t working, she enjoys volunteering, going to the beach as often as she can, and playing with her sassy cat Ella. 

Enjoy this mindful moment from our Teen Workshops!